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Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  2 June 2006 (USA)
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A 13-year-old boy uses his upcoming bar mitzvah to reconcile the strained relationship between his father and grandfather.

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In toney Brentwood, Benjamin Fiedler prepares for his bar mitzvah; trouble is, he understands neither its meaning nor the Hebrew, and his parents (particularly his successful-agent father) are planning the most lavish party possible. Benjamin wants his dad to give him some space, so he gets an idea: to invite his grandfather, who left the family years ago and for whom Benjamin's dad has an intense dislike, to come two weeks early. Thanks in part to grandpa - and to the immediate family's love - Benjamin may have a shot at figuring out what it means to be a man. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Something's not quite kosher.

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Rated PG-13 for some crude language, nudity and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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Lucky 13  »

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$653,723 (USA) (12 May 2006)

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$4,328,294 (USA) (28 July 2006)
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The working title for this movie was "Lucky 13." See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Benjamin is talking to his grandfather while fishing on the pier; at one point the background behind Ben is filled with sailboats while the camera is on him. The shot switches to his grandfather for a few lines and when it switches back to Ben, just a few seconds later, the sailboats are all gone. There was not enough time for the boats to have sailed out of the scene. See more »

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Rose Fiedler: Shamu is Jewish?
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In the first set of end credits, Mark John Jefferies is listed as a cast member, but in the final comprehensive set, he is listed as Marc John Jeffries. See more »

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References Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

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Have a Day
Written by Tim DeLaughter (as T. Delaughter)
Performed by Tim DeLaughter (as Tim Delaughter), Mark Pirro & Jennifer Jobe-Penn (as Jennifer Jobe) of The Polyphonic Spree
Courtesy of Hollywood Records, Inc.
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Interesting Things...
15 May 2006 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

Interesting thing about having seen 'Keeping Up with the Steins' on a Sunday at Fallbrook in the Valley - there was a fieldtrip of some school that had seen fit to come see the film as a group, then hold a sort of Q&A in the lobby. Ages of the folks in attendance ranged from 12 to about 60 and over. I love being in a full theatre when going to a film, particularly a comedy as you'll get laughs out of people that become infectious and actually make seeing the film that much better of an experience.

Another interesting thing about the 'Steins' film: while Jeremy Piven and the young hero of the film are the driving characters, the lasting memories of a film-goer actually belong to Gary Marshall & Doris Roberts. The backstory of their relationship, how it affected Piven, and how they've let by-gones be by-gones while Piven clutches to his old grudges is beautifully and deftly handled by the director. Marshall delivers the father figure as likable to an audience as the characters he created on network television back in the 70's.

One more interesting thing about the 'Steins': you don't have to be Jewish to appreciate the humor, you just have to recognize the strengths and failings of every human being represented in these characters.


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